E-update From the Desk of Governor Scott Walker
One of the most important duties I have serving as your Governor is to provide you directly with updates related to the operation of our state government. I also frequently provide updates on Facebook (Governor Scott Walker) and Twitter (@govwalker). Please feel free to share this update with your family, friends, and others who may be interested in state government operations.
Federal Government Verifies Job Gains in Wisconsin
The federally verified numbers show Wisconsin is headed in the right direction. This week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics within the Federal Department of Labor verified Wisconsin’s quarterly job count data.
Last year, I indicated I will track job growth using the actual job count data, instead of other statistics, like the monthly estimates, because the job counts are widely regarded as more accurate. We will continue using this measurement as we evaluate the overall strength of Wisconsin’s economy in the future.
According to the federally verified statistics Wisconsin created 37,464 jobs from March 2011 to March 2012.
Welfare to Work
Wisconsin has been a leader in welfare reform for decades, emphasizing the fundamentals of work and personal responsibility. We believe those who can work should work. Work gives individuals dignity and purpose.
I recently sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius regarding federal changes to welfare.
I’m concerned new guidance from Washington raises serious questions about the current administration’s commitment to moving low-income families from welfare to work. I urged Secretary Sebelius to reconsider their most recent approach and adopt the approach pioneered by Governor Tommy Thompson and approved by President Bill Clinton.
You can view a copy of the letter by clicking here.
I was disappointed by the response I received from Secretary Sebelius, which you can view by clicking here. I received a form letter from the Secretary that did not fully address the issues raised in my original letter.
Major Manufacturing Job Expansion
I recently participated in a ribbon cutting and groundbreaking ceremony at BRP US, Inc. in Sturtevant to celebrate its $15 million investment in its Evinrude facility. Ultimately, this expansion will result in the relocation of 137 jobs to Wisconsin.
The Evinrude brand has had a presence in Wisconsin for more than 100 years. I’m proud to congratulate a company that has shown its dedication to the great people of this state. Hundreds of Wisconsin families are supported by the manufacturing and selling of Evinrude outboard engines.
BRP is a world leader in the design, manufacturing, distribution, and marketing of motorized recreational vehicles and powersports engines. BRP employs more than 6,000 people worldwide and its products are distributed in over 100 countries.
Apply to Serve in State Government
We have a substantial number of open positions available on various state boards, commissions, and in other areas of state government. Please visit walker.wi.gov/Serve-Wisconsin to find information about these positions.
Positions frequently become available, so if you are interested in serving, please apply and our office will keep your application on file. If you’ve been looking to get involved in state government, this is a great way to use your skills to serve the residents of Wisconsin!
Just Ask the Governor
Each e-update, I will answer a question submitted by a recipient of the previous e-update or from someone who contacts my office directly.
Question: If your way of “measuring job growth and employment statistics” is more accurate than the way the Federal Government measures labor statistics, why doesn’t the Federal Government measure this the same way?
Answer: That is a great question. In a recent exchange with state officials, the Federal Department of Labor acknowledged inaccuracies in their current reporting system, and indicated to our state they plan to adopt a more accurate system in the future. I’d encourage you to read the Associated Press (AP) article about this topic, which states in part:
The federal office that tracks employment data for the states is considering changes in how it handles monthly estimates after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker criticized the current practice, according to a letter released by the agency Thursday.
Beyond this AP article, you can read the entire federal government’s letter to our state, which outlines their intent to adopt the system the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development currently uses by clicking here.
Because of the hard work of good, dedicated public employees in both the Wisconsin Department of Revenue and the Department of Workforce Development, we identified problems in current federal data and have led the way to help the federal government make these statistics more accurate.
It has been a pleasure communicating with you. It is an honor to serve as your Governor and represent the residents of Wisconsin.
Governor Scott Walker